This is an updated re-post. Its always worthwhile coming back to the wisdom that supports us on our journey. I hope the classic format will work on your devices!
Being an observer of all aspects of ourselves – without judgment – is the hardest step of all.
As a coach, I really wanted to be good at my own personal growth, and was hard on myself when I wasn’t. While I was able to be understanding and compassionate to others, I wasn’t able to give myself that same compassion. I gave myself an A for empathy … but when it came to myself I was a poor C.
This went on for years. I thought I was evolving. Helping and supporting others. Becoming a more caring human being. Becoming more giving…..
… And then my yoga practice helped me see the truth. I was kidding myself.
Enlightenment cannot happen without being compassionate towards ourselves. Otherwise we continue to do the practice, meditate, read books, take courses, and tell ourselves we are on the path.
The truth is, without self compassion and understanding, you are stuck. You won’t move forward unless you face reality. Acknowledge the truth of where you are. Get to know yourself with a kind heart. Face the fears and wounds from the past that are sure to come up.
When we get to know our inner selves with kindness and acceptance we can fully embrace our lives and open up to living fully and authentically without fear.
Getting real about ourselves is an empowering step on our evolution as human beings. When we accept ourselves just as we are, without judgment – on the yoga mat or off it – then we find our middle ground.
It took me years to get over this conditioning and to start being kind and accepting of myself.
Its never too late to start on this journey of acceptance and self compassion. The next time you hear your inner critic, ask yourself
“Is this really the truth or could this be a habit that no longer serves me”?
Then give yourself a big hug 😊